Hey guys, it's Adam.
A recently returning Afghanistan veteran
is going to be starting occupational therapy soon
and he reached out to me.
He's a little bit nervous, doesn't know what to expect,
so I just want to share some of my experiences
with occupational therapy
so people out there have an idea
of what it's like and what they can expect.
Occupational therapy is
kind of a broad term that covers
some more physical and fine motor skill activities,
but also memory and some of the more cognitive function skills.
For me, it was a combination of both.
I did a lot of fine motor skill refinement
and therapy and improvement
by putting blocks together,
building and balancing wood blocks,
and constructing Legos,
and doing puzzles, things like that,
that really helped build my fine motor skills,
to identify where the deficiencies were,
so that people could focus, the healthcare providers could focus
on improving those specific areas.
So it's kind of scattershot at first.
You'll do a wide range of activities
just to identify where the problems are
and where improvements can be made.
Then as you go on in the therapy,
as the weeks go on, you'll start to refine down
and focus on the areas you're having trouble with.
On the psychological side,
on the mental side,
you're looking at a number of memory activities.
You're looking at hide-and-go-seek-type activities.
Where in the supermarket is x, y, and z?
Where would you go for this?
How do you get around on a Metro map, for example,
or an underground subway, public transportation?
How do you get from point A to point B--
and trying to map that out.
What they're going to be doing
is analyzing how long it takes you,
and over the period of weeks
that you're engaged in the occupational therapy,
you'll start to identify areas
on the mental side where you're really strong
and your mental acuity is great,
and then other areas where your mental acuity might
have room for improvement.
So that's just a little scattershot of what to expect,
but that's what occupational therapy is.
You're taking a look at how it can best help you,
and then they're going to refine and personalize it for you as well.
If you have any questions, any specific thoughts, let us know.
We're here to help. Thanks.